Father Juvenal (Repass) visited Saint Elizabeth today to give a presentation to our people about the Orthodox Church in Guatemala and his upcoming missionary journey there. He will be working to support the tens of thousands of Mayans who have recently converted to Orthodoxy in rural areas of the country, where there are very few priests. Keep him in your prayers!
This evening at Saint Elizabeth we will return to our series on the history of the Orthodox Church in Byzantium. Have you ever wondered what "caesaropapism" is, and where the term came from? Come this evening at 6:30 to find out!
Come to Saint Elizabeth this evening at 6:30 for daily vespers, and plan to stay afterward for our parish Bible Study class.
Last time we met we introduced the Gospel of Saint Luke, talking about its author and some of the themes it contains. For example, we discussed how this "Gospel for the Gentiles" traces Jesus's human lineage back beyond Abraham to Adam, the father of the human race, whereas Matthew's "Gospel for the Jews" terminates its genealogy with Abraham, the father of the Jews. All the canonical Gospels are for Jews and Gentiles alike, but how interesting it is to see the ways in which Luke brings attention to the universal theme of human salvation in Christ!
This week we will be discussing the first six chapters of Luke's Gospel. So read those chapters and bring your Orthodox Study Bible (or any Bible you have) for what should be a very interesting discussion!
On Wednesday evening we will resume our Orthodox Studies inquirer course on the history of the Byzantine Church. Last time we discussed the conversion of Emperor Constantine. This time we'll look at the amazing impact it had on the Roman Empire. Come join us at 6:30 pm!
For the recent celebration of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14, our parish served the beautiful festal vigil that includes the solemn rite of bringing out the cross for veneration in the middle of our church temple. This year we recorded this service and selections of some of its memorable hymns can be found on our parish website under the Explore/Liturgical Chant page
Have a listen and enjoy!
Today we are introducing a new website that is even better equipped to communicate our parish life to the world around us. Be sure to look through all of the pages for a full picture of what's happening!
Among the leading features of the new site is the Explore Folder, where you can sample recordings of our choir's liturgical singing and lectures by our rector from the Orthodox Studies class. There you will also find photo galleries to enjoy.
Also of interest is our new Our Stories page under the Who We Are tab, where you can watch short video interviews with some of our members about their experience in the Orthodox Church and at our parish.
A special thanks to the faithful of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for support and encouragement in this process. It is from the Orthodox hymnography of the Holy Ascension that the phrase "Uniting Earth to Heaven" comes, and their parish is surely an inspiring example of this!